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Current and Future Courses

Fall 2013

Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
LGBTS/Gender M114
Instructor: James Schultz
Introduction to history, politics, culture, and scientific study of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered people; examination of sexuality and gender as categories for investigation; interdisciplinary theories and research on minority sexualities and genders

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Perspectives in Pop Music
LGBTS M137/Music History M137
Instructor: Zarah Ersoff
Survey of English-language popular music in 20th century, with focus on lesbians, gay men, and members of other sexual minorities as creators, performers, and audience members.

Creating Queer Performance Art
LGBTS 181: Topics in Queer Diversities
Instructor: Monica Palacios
This course will allow students to examine, study and discuss cutting edge queer performers.  Students must attend two live performances and turn in review. The students will then start to develop his/her own voice of performance, processing and shaping a ten minute autobiographical piece focusing on gender, sexuality, race, class, ethnicity and other themes of identity. During finals week, student will present memorized performance and turn in a paper. Weekly attendance and participation is extremely critical to the final grade. 

LGBTS is Not a Sandwich: Striaght Talk about Gay Issues in America
Honors 19.5 - Fiat Lux (1 unit)
Instructor: Raja Bhattar

Winter 2014

Queer Noise-making: Visible and Aural Political Cultures and Practices
LGBTS 183.1: Topics in Queer Subjectivities/Theories/History
Instructor: Freda Fair
This course examines the emergence of LGBT and queer politics as a collection of interrelated sound and visual cultural archives and practices ranging from the 1920s to the present. Queer will coalesce for us not only as an identity category and a community organizing practice, but also as a way of listening, seeing, and thinking. Noise-making will come into focus as a political practice that attempts to produce both sonic and visual political alternatives and challenges to existing state and societal structures that seek to silence, profile, and police nonnormative desire and ways of being. Queer and feminist of color thought and political commitments to thinking through the intersection of race, sexuality, gender, class and citizenship in particular will guide us in our approach to the course materials and will frame our sites of inquiry.  Focusing primarily on political communities and cultural workers in the U.S., we will consider the ways that queer noise-making has shaped contemporary politics and the categories of identity enacted today

Gender, Sexuality, and Science
LGBTS 184/Gender 185
Instructor: Nathan Ha
This course will examine constructions of sexual difference and sexuality in the life and human sciences since the nineteenth century. The focus of the course will be on US history, and we will explore the writings and theories of different biologists, sexologists, psychiatrists, anthropologists, physicians, and journalists as they developed explanations of what it meant to be male and female, homosexual and heterosexual. The course will trace shifts in the meanings given to these categories, and pay attention to how science affects popular understandings of sex and, in turn, how cultural norms about sex have informed biomedical research. We shall seek to understand connections between different theories and practices, to animate the historical backdrops that sustained public and professional interest in sex research, to probe at moments of conflict and possibility, and to analyze the political and biomedical consequences of different constructions of sexuality and sexual difference.

Queer Literatures and Cultures
LGBTS M101B/English M101B/Gender M105B
Instructor: Arthur Little
Survey of discrete period of queer literature and culture from circa 1850 to 1970. Works by such authors as Walt Whitman, Radclyffe Hall, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Langston Hughes, Tennessee Williams, Henry Blake Fuller, and James Baldwin may be included.

Feminist and Queer Theory
LGBTS M126/Gender M126/English M126
Instructor: Rachel Lee
Investigation of key concepts and debates in study of gender, sexuality, and kinship, with focus on their interrelated significance for making of culture. Readings to be interdisciplinary, with possible emphasis on impact of changing ideas of gender and sexuality on specific historical cultures.

Queer Asia
LGBTS 187/Comp Lit 191
Instructor: Alvin Wong
"Queer Asia” is an interdisciplinary course that explores queer cultures in various regions in Asia that emerged either before, coeval with, or after the sexual liberation of the late 1960s in the modern West. When queerness and non-heteronormative desires are re-envisioned outside of the developmental teleology of Western modernity, the possibilities also serve as provocations for the following questions: what is the relationship between local modes of capitalism that enable “gay” identities vis-à-vis global capitalism? What if the “homosexuality as cultural imperialism” thesis is re-examined under the rubric of Japanese imperialism? How do queers without formal legal rights and liberal “freedom” imagine other modes of survival in places like China, Hong Kong, and Singapore? And how do queer global cultures travel through Inter-Asian routes?

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Education and Law
Education 147
Instructor: Stuart Biegel
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-related controversies that arise in schools, colleges, and universities today and how they are being addressed by legal and education communities. In particular, examination of real-life consequences of current laws and exploration of what might be done to make things better for all persons.

Human Sexuality
Psychology 129E
Instructor: Paul Abramson
Overview of psychology of human sexuality. Psychological research, assessment, and therapy described in a format which highlights their significance for understanding human sexual functioning. Psychological mechanisms underlying expression of human sexuality.

English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language (Service Learning)
English Composition 3SL
Instructor: Tara Prescott

LGBTS is Not a Sandwich: Striaght Talk about Gay Issues in America
Honors 19.5 - Fiat Lux (1 unit)
Instructor: Raja Bhattar

Spring 2014

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Institutions and Organizations
Instructor: Michael Fleming
Service-learning course that offers opportunity for students to work in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-related community organizations, to reflect on political and theoretical issues involved in such work and such organizations, and to draw ideas from various courses they have already taken and test them in settings outside UCLA.

Transsexual Histories
LGBTS 183.1
Instructor: Desmond Harmon

Censored! Art on Trial
LGBTS 183.2/Chicano 175
Instructor: Alma Lopez

Premodern Queer Literatures and Cultures
LGBTS M101A/English M101A/Gender M101A
Instructor: TBA
Survey of discrete period of queer literature from beginning to circa 1850. Works by such writers as Sappho, Plato, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Thomas Gray may be included

Queer Literature and Culture
LGBTS M191D/Gender M191D/English M191D
Instructor: Arthur Little

LGBTS is Not a Sandwich: Striaght Talk about Gay Issues in America
Honors 19.5 - Fiat Lux (1 unit)
Instructor: Raja Bhattar


updated 11/2013